I recently came across the quote “Take care of yourself so you can take care of others.” I can’t remember where I read it, and I’m sorry that I’m not quoting the author here. (If you know of the author, please note it in the blog comments below.) There is also a story of riding on an airplane that talks about self-care. If you don’t put on your own oxygen mask first, you can’t save anyone else’s life. That’s a bad quote of the story, I know, but it’s early. I’m writing this at 4 am.
4 am doesn’t really seem like a good example of self-care, does it? Actually, getting up early is one of my favorite ways to practice self-care. In the morning, I can take the time to get to the things I love like writing/journaling, drinking coffee, working on this blog or YouTube videos (although lately lighting has been a big problem for filming in the morning), and of course planning.
4 am has become my favorite me time. I never thought this would be the case, but I love watching the news in the morning, watching the sun come up, sometimes leaving the drapes closed and hiding out from the world.
The holidays are a great time to practice me time. It’s the time when most of us need it the most. Self-care time can be just a quick five minutes between baking or running between malls and holiday parties. I know if I don’t take downtime I will burn out very quickly this time of year. I’m not one that’s enjoying holiday shopping this year. I’m not sure why because I used to really love to shop, but lately the crowds are making me edgy and I can’t wait to get home to the quiet.
What about you? How do you practice self-care?